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Daniel H. Wells papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9637

Scope and Contents

Two photocopies of original handwritten letters written by Daniel H. Wells. Typed transcripts of both letters are also included. The first letter was written on September 26, 1848, from Salt Lake City by Daniel Wells to "dear brother." He discusses sending his two yoke of oxen to a camp in addition to assistance from others. The second letter was written on April 26th, 1852, and is titled "Special Order No. 1" and is signed by Lieutenant General D. H. Wells, James Ferguson, Adjutant General. The special order is issued from the "Head 2nd Nauvoo Legion, Nephi City."


  • 1848-1852


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Hanmer Wells was born in Trenton, New York, on October 27, 1814, to Daniel Wells and Catherine Chapin. He and his family moved to Illinois after the death of his father in 1826, and arrived in Hancock County, Illinois in 1835. He became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1846. In 1848, he emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley with other pioneers. Wells was active in both ecclesiastical and civic roles. From 1848 to 1863, Wells was superintendent of public works for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and presided over the construction of the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle. In 1849, Wells was elected Attorney General of the State of Deseret. He was ordained an apostle of the Church in 1856 upon the death of Jedidiah M. Grant and set apart as second counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency. Wells was never sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, although he served as a Counselor to the Quorum upon Young's death in 1877. In 1866, he was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, and re-elected in both 1872 and 1874. Wells served twice as president of the European Mission of the church, first in 1864-1865, and again in 1884-1887. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1891, at the age of 76.


1 folder

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Custodial History

Donated by Kathryn Dipsonin 2023.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathryn Dipson; 2023.


History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020).

Related Materials

See also Daniel H. Wells letter (MSS SC 2003); Brigham Young letter (MSS SC 747); Lewis Robison correspondence (MSS SC 2911); Lewis Robison correspondence (MSS SC 2911).

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; December 2023.

Register of Daniel H. Wells papers
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 December 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States